BY VIDEO: Illegal Gold Mines near Amazon Forest Destroyed

Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:09:44

Peruvian police renews raids on illegal gold mines located near an Amazon forest reserve, burning down dozens of mining camps and destroying equipment.

(FILE) Explosives detonate at an illegal gold mine during the Anostomus II operation against illegal mining by the Inirida River in the Puinawai National Nature Reserve, department of Guainia, Colombia, on November 26, 2015. A joint operation of the military forces of Colombia and Brazil against illegal mining at the Amazonia left 24 people detained this week and four gold exploitations dismantled, informed Colombian authorities on December 4, 2015. Colombia's ecosystem, with one of the greatest biodiversities in the world, is seriously affected by illegal mining of minerals such as gold, coal, tungsten and nickel, which finances illegal armed groups. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO


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